Webinar: Management of Plastics and Upstream Solutions
Description: Dr. Jenna Jambeck will be talking about her research on global waste management and mismanagement of plastics. This webinar is intended for a general audience.
Date: June 27, 2016
Hour: 1:00 pm
To register click here.
Waste Management Webinar
Chemistry DashboardTFW Webinar
Caribbean Recycling Summit
With the support of US Environmental Protection Agency, the Puerto Rico Recycling Partnership (PRRP) is collaborating with the Virgin Islands Recycling Partnership (VIRP), the PR Solid Waste Authority, and the US Department of Agriculture to host the first Caribbean Recycling Summit. With this event, we hope to offer an opportunity to connect the public, private, and non-profit sectors of the Caribbean, with the goal of carrying out concrete actions that will lead to sustainable materials management in our islands. The event will provide an exhibiting opportunity for companies, organizations, and agencies, as well as a venue for themed workshops related to challenges, opportunities, and new advances in the recycling industry.
Date: December 1 & 2, 2016
Place: Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, in Hato Rey
Reserve your space: HERE
Grant Program Seeks Water Restoration Proposals
The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program is looking for proposals for projects focused on water restoration, especially in neighborhoods with high concentrations of minorities and low income population. For more information click here. If you have questions regarding the application process there will be a webinar on November 15, 2016, on how to do the applying process. Click here to register.
Webinar on Recycling Collection Programs
Sign up for a webinar on the access rates and development of recycling collection programs. For more information click here.
Apply for Local Foods, Local Places and bring healthy food, economy, and well-being to your neighborhood
Local Foods, Local Places will be receiving applications until November 6, 2016. Local Foods, Local Places helps people create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods through the development of local food systems. Local Foods, Local Places aims to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, improve access to healthy local food, and promote childhood wellness. Click here for more information.
Contest: design a poster for International Compost Awareness Week
Attention Students and General Public! The International Compost Awareness Week is holding a contest to look for this years’ poster. Categories range from elementary school to adults. For more information click here.
Campus RainWorks Challenge
Register now for the fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge prize competition! This challenge asks student teams to design innovative green infrastructure for their campus.  This year teams will incorporate climate resiliency and consider community engagement in their green infrastructure designs for stormwater management. Registration for this year’s competition will be open from September 1-30, 2016. For more information click here.
Webinar: Protect Students from Mosquitoes and Zika Virus at School
Day: September 20, 2016
Hour: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
For more information click here.
To register click here.
Can Crusher (1)
Save the Date:
Reducing the Use of Pesticides in the Caribbean:
One Day Conference on Integrated Pest Management
Free and Open to the Public
November 18, 2015 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas Campus
Charlotte Amalie West, St. Thomas
Register as soon as possible to take advantage of this learning opportunity.
Please RSVP by November 10th, 2015.
Co-sponsored by: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources, and the University of the Virgin Islands. Attendees will learn from experts on how to reduce the use of pesticides, and how to use sustainable solutions for pest control. The conference will also cover the health issues associated with applying pesticides.
For more information please email or call Beth Soltani at or 212-637-5038

Past Events:
Green Thursday Seminar, RECYCLING SUMMIT
Thursday, February 19th, 5:30 PM, Gifft Hill School, Upper Campus Auditorium.
Join us to learn of exciting new recycling initiatives and waste management planning on St. John!  Repurpose, Reduce, and Recycle.  See what’s new!
GHS/EARTH Program, Coral Bay Community Council, Island Green Living Association (IGLA) and St. John Community Foundation will present the following at this participative session about St. John’s innovative recycling activities:
Gifft Hill School Earth Program
Dave Minner, EARTH Program Coordinator, will speak about the Bottle Wall Projects.  Gifft Hill School EARTH students in grades 4-12 have completed three bottle wall projects since the initial wall project funded by an Island Green Living Assoc. grant.  The bottle wall areas include a garden terrace, a water diversion wall to collect cistern water, and a Ugandan style Key Hole or Kitchen Garden.   The simple bottle wall concept and construction techniques will be described in pictures along with the paper-crete used in one of the walls. 
Island Green Living Association / St. John Community Foundation.
William Willigerod, IGLA, will describe the progress being made at the Resource Depot, where people can buy recycled construction and household items.  He will also introduce the aluminum can compactor and baler for St. John, being provided in conjunction with St John Community Foundation.  Celia Kalousek will speak on the future of this project. 
Coral Bay Community Council
Sean Richardson and Sharon Coldren will provide an update on the USDA grant-funded Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan for Coral Bay.  A discussion period will follow to solicit comments and new ideas from the public.  
Real progress will be made in 2015 with your help.  For more information, contact the Coral Bay Community Council office at 776-2099.



EventsInternational Zero Waste Youth Congress

San Juan Convention Center
November 17-18, 2014
Learn more here.

VIRP Hosts the 2nd Annual

ABCs of Composting Workshop!

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 11.35.56 AMWhen: Sunday,May 25, 2014 from 12 – 3 PM

Where: Bordeaux Market

Cost: Free

This workshop will provide an introduction to and the importance of composting as a sustainable materials management practice. Two composting experts will describe in detail various types of composting, including vermicomposting with worm bins, as well as different types of compost bins. Organics management stewards will assist in providing a hands-on demonstration and training on how to build your own compost bin and will invite any interested individuals to get involved with community composting events this summer!


Ana Verónica Arache, Syracuse Environmental Finance Center (EFC) and the University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras Campus, Program Lead for the Puerto Rico Organics Management  Stewardship Program

Jason Budsan, Environmental Association of St. Thomas- St. John

Benita Martin, We Grow Food


Webinar: Greening Recycling and Refuse Truck Fleets

Through Use of Alternative Fuels

When: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 1:30-2:45pm EST

Cost: Free

This webinar will focus on the economic, environmental and technological considerations of converting truck fleets to run on greener fuels such as natural gas and biodiesel. Industry experts will present and discuss this emerging trend.


Dave Hurst, Principal Research Analyst, Navigant Consulting, Inc., Detroit, MI
Bob King, Principal Founder and Chairman of the Board, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, LLC, Kahului, HI


Topic Subject Matter – Alternative Fuels for Recycling and Refuse Truck Fleets

Technical Complexity – Moderate/High

Register Here


Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

When: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Where:  St. Crois & St. Thomas at The Department of Education’s Curriculum Center

Mr. Tim Hodge, of Sanitas, proposed a new plan to manage waste. See his full presentation: Sanitas Waste Management & Recycling Proposal.


VIRP Meeting

When: Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Where: University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix Campus

in the Cooperative Extension Services Conference Room (Room 133)


VIRP Meeting

When: Monday, September 16, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (Atlantic Time)

Where: Montessori School & International Academy

6936 Vessup Lane, St Thomas

View Meeting Agenda

View Meeting Minutes

Snorkel Trip

When: Sunday, August 11th from 9:00am – 1:00pm

Where: Buck Island

Education Team Meeting

When: Monday, July 15 at 10:00am

Where: EPA Office

Theodore Tunick Building, Ste. 102, 1336 Beltjen Road

St Thomas 00802, USVI ‎

Snorkel Trip

When: Sunday, June 16th from 9:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Sapphire Beach

Green Thursday Virgin Islands Recycling Partnership Panel!

When: Thursday, May 30th at 6:00pm

Where: Gifft Hill School Upper Campus Atrium

VIRP Glass, Metal and Plastic Containers, combined with a Construction and Demolition Team Meeting

When: May 28, 2013 – 10:00am

Where: EPA Office

VIRP Community Education and Outreach Team Meeting

When: May 28, 2013 – 1:00pm

Where: EPA Office

Cleanup of Red Hook

When: Sunday, May 19th from 8:30am – 12:00pm

Where: Red Hook

Green Thursday 

When: Thursday, May 2nd  at 6:00pm (please note the change from 4/25/13!)

Where: Gifft Hill School Upper Campus Atrium


Community Education and Outreach Team Meeting

When: Monday, April 29th at 10:00am

Where: Conference Call

Earth Day 2013

When: Saturday, April 20 at 8:00am

Where: Magens Bay at the gate house area

Composting Workshop

When: Saturday, March 30, 2013, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm EST

Where: Mandahl Bay at Camp Umoja

Description:  See the ABCs of Composting Workshop Flyer here.

Measuring the Economic Impact of Organics Diversion and Product Manufacturing

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm EST

Where: On your computer, in the comfort of your office